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Nine aid workers killed in S. Sudan in November: UN

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December 13, 2017 (JUBA) – A total of nine aid workers were killed in South Sudan in November alone, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

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Emergency humanitarian workers attend to children in Pibor, Jonglei, South Sudan, 2 February 2012 (ST)

Six of the aid workers, the UN humanitarian affairs body (OCHA) said, were killed in South Sudan’s Jonglei, Eastern Equatoria and Lakes states.

"Incidents of violence, some of which led to the death of aid workers, substantially disrupted aid operations, forcing the suspension of response activities in multiple locations," OCHA said in a report.

More than three million South Sudanese have been forced to flee their homes since conflict broke out in the young nation in December 2013.

According to OCHA, almost half of the South Sudan’s 12 million people are hungry, including about 1.7 million on the brink of famine.

"Fighting forced the relocation of at least 47 aid workers in six incidents in Eastern Equatoria, Jonglei, and Unity," said the UN.

According to OCHA, 103 humanitarian access incidents were reported in November, compared to 116 in October and that six security incidents forced suspension of aid operations in different locations.

On Wednesday, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi appealed for urgent action by all sides to settle the conflict in South Sudan and put an end to its deepening humanitarian crisis and Africa’s largest refugee disaster.

The conflict, UNHCR said, has created the largest refugee crisis in Africa, amid estimates the refugee population could exceed 3 million by December 2018.

(ST)

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  • 14 December 2017 10:31, by Maguto

    Death will end when peace come to South Sudanese....communities are hostile, no thing in their mind due to poverty

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  • 14 December 2017 10:56, by Lenin Bull

    Blackmail and false alarm as usual in South Sudan!! Where are the names and locations and dates when such humanitarians were killed? Look for the renewal of UNMISS mandate, ask donors to give you their money in an honorable way. Don’t shame South Sudan so that you get money and relevance.

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  • 14 December 2017 11:01, by Lenin Bull

    It is true innocent South Sudanese civilians die every day and night but no such report of humanitarian actors killed i November 2017. Anyway if it is true, then by whom, where, and where were your armies( RPF, and UNMISS troops)? They got all the good weapons, money, and numbers, why they did not protect those humanitarian actors? In a nutshell what are all these UN troops doing here in South Sud

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  • 14 December 2017 13:10, by Sunday Junup

    UN,
    Stop barking and move on as you choose to do so. You endorsed Taban to work with Kiir and you never came up boldly when this people died in November accept after one Month. you came to announce in a quite voice like no one die. If these people were killed by SPLA-IO, you could almost brought down sky but keep silence when it was Juba thug who killed them.

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